Watch the final video in our Year of the River series

We released a short film today with our partners at American Whitewater and the Hydropower Reform Coalition  that tells the story of historic dam removal successes on Washington’s Elwha and White Salmon rivers. The seven-minute film premiered at the Wild and Scenic Film Festival in January and is the final installment in the “Year of the River” series by… Read more »

Demolition begins again at Elwha River dams

Since September, Glines Canyon Dam has been notched down 32 feet (at 210 feet tall, it’s the tallest dam ever removed). This photo was taken on Dec 15. Deconstruction kicks back into action today at the Elwha River dams, after a planned work stoppage since Nov. 1 (crews paused their sediment-releasing dam removal work to protect… Read more »

What will the Elwha dam removal mean for whitewater boating?

Guest blog post by Tom O’Keefe Tom O’Keefe is the Pacific Northwest stewardship director for American Whitewater. I’m excited about the Elwha River restoration because it will offer new opportunities to enjoy the recreational opportunities of a restored river. The Elwha River is unique among rivers of the Olympic Peninsula as it cuts through several… Read more »

Elwha Generators Power Down, River Powers Up!

Today is June 1, the first day of National Rivers Month — and we have some especially fitting news to share. After a decades-long effort to restore a healthy, free-flowing Elwha River, the hydropower generators at the river’s two dams are being turned off in preparation for dam removal this September. The Elwha River on… Read more »

Year of the River video project: Elwha River dam removal

One of the greatest restoration projects is starting September 17 with the removal of two dams on the Elwha River. Be sure to check out our Year of the River page where we’ll be posting photos and a live video stream of the ceremony in the coming week. The world’s biggest dam removal begins this… Read more »

Elwha River Dam Removal to Make History this Saturday

Elwha River in the gorge just downstream of Elwha Dam. Photo by Thomas O’Keefe. We’re making history this Saturday. That’s when the biggest dam removal ever begins on Washington’s Elwha River. It’s a major river restoration effort, and the world will be watching. It isn’t every day we get to celebrate a success like this…. Read more »

Year of the River: Dam Removals in the Pacific NW

A guest blog from our Commuications intern Johannes Dreisbach. Elwha dam breach, Elwah River, WA | National Park Service Autumn has been an incredibly exciting time at American Rivers, as it marks the one-year anniversary of the world’s largest dam removal project.  Because of efforts like the historic river restoration initiative in Washington state—which included… Read more »

Help us remove 100 dams in 2012!

  Let your elected officials know that you support dam removal in 2012!  Today we’re announcing a big river restoration goal: we want to remove 100 outdated, unsafe dams in 2012. Will you help us? Please take action and help spread the word. By removing obsolete dams we not only restore healthier, free-flowing rivers, we… Read more »

Olympic Peninsula, Washington

Royal Creek, Buckhorn Wilderness | © Wild Olympics Campaign Olympic Peninsula is known for its lush rainforests and rivers such as the Hoh, Elwha, Quinault and Duckabush. These and other iconic rivers of the Olympic Peninsula support some of the healthiest populations of salmon and steelhead in the region, and they provide critical habitat for… Read more »

Preparing for dam removal: Elwha River video update

American Rivers has fought for more than a decade to remove outdated dams on Washington’s Elwha River, and now the beginning of this historic dam removal effort is just over a month away! Watch the latest report from King 5 TV, where divers from The U.S. Geological Survey and the Environmental Protection Agency fight strong… Read more »